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News from Medjugorje: when clerics collide

The recent visit of a Cardinal to Medjugorje has attracted a fair amount of attention — and the local bishop isn’t happy:

010410_Medjugorje_2.jpgMost Rev. Ratko Peri?, the Bishop of Mostar-Duvno in Bosnia-Herzegovina, released a statement in which he criticizes Vienna, Austria’s Cardinal Christoph Schönborn for making a highly publicized “personal visit” to the region in which Mary is said to have been appearing since 1981.


In his statement, released on January 2, Bishop Peri? noted that it was his “duty, as diocesan bishop, to provide information to the faithful” regarding the nature of the apparitions, the divide they have caused in his diocese and the official position of the Church on the anomaly.

The apparitions have not been officially recognized by the Church.

Peri?’s statement explained that due to the ongoing apparitions and the ensuing debate, his diocese now unwillingly hosts a number of “new communities and associations of the faithful who, in disobedience, live at Medjugorje.” These communities, he said, “may become encouraged in their ecclesial disobedience because of the cardinal’s visit.”


The statement also called into question a November 13, 2009 statement from Vienna’s claiming that during Schönborn’s visit, “there will also be a meeting with the local bishop and the critics of Medjugorje.” However, as of the release of the bishop’s statement, the Diocese of Mostar had received no official communication from Schönborn’s office of the cardinal’s intent to visit the shrine. This lack of notification, Peri? said, displays the lack of a “certain ecclesial courtesy” among prelates who are want to inform their brother bishops when one is about to visit the other’s diocese.

The bishop concluded that Schönborn’s visit, especially his actions and statements, “have added to the current suffering of the local church.”


You can find more, including the bishop’s complete statement, at the link.

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posted January 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

For anybody in doubt about the authenticity of Medjugorje just view Colleen Willard’s Miracle Testimonial at

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posted January 6, 2010 at 8:08 am

why don’t you integrate in your reporting the most detailed and reliable report, available at Spirit Daily (

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Deacon Tim Treadwell

posted January 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I was ordained a deacon in the church in 1981 at age 34. In 1987 I found myself in Medugorje. Prayer, fasting, penance with an emphasis on the Eucharist left its mark. There was such good fruit that no one who went to this oasis could find anything but goodness. Bishop Peric and his predecessor are/were against the validity of the apparitions. Bishops, Cardinals, thousands of priests and yes, even deacons have already discerned for their own purposes….Yes she is there! We await the Chruch’s decision. In the interim, we shouldn’t pray? We shouldn’t fast? We shouldn’t beleive that God would send His Mother to her children? Who can not shout this from the rooftops?
But now, Bishop Peric’s piece/rant was and continues to be a series of depressing statements dripping with a tone which is cynical, sarcastic and less than a fair assessment. In fact it is a scandal. It is unkind and frankly unchristian. His attitude, in part, was what provoked the Vatican to remove from his office the opportunity to pass a judgment on this matter. My question is why he attacks so strongly when it is out of his hands? With all due respect Bishop, quiet yourself for the good of the Church and let those who are a bit more less biased than yourself make the big decision.
How many vocations to the priesthood and diaconate have been birthed there? How many souls saved?
Please, drop the propaganda and lets just pray and let this play out.
In His Name,
Deacon Tim Treadwell
San Diego

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